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Schwan's – Why Work For Us?

undefinedOn Tuesday, March 18, 1952,                a 23-year-oldMarvin Schwan packed his beat-up 1946 Dodge panel van   with 14 gallons of his family's   signature ice cream and delivered it     to rural families in western Minnesota. At the end of that historic trip, all        14 gallons were sold and the Schwan home-delivery business was born.

Today, The Schwan Food Company    is a multibillion-dollar private company with approximately 14,000 subsidiary employees worldwide. Based out of Marshall, Minnesota, the company sells fine frozen foods            on its traditional delivery trucks, in grocery-store freezers and in the food-service industry.


Our Values


Our Vision

undefined  “My vision for our future is a strong,solid, well-managed, fast-growing,

  exciting, innovative company with high business ethics and an excellent

  reputation - a company that offers great opportunities, a place where

  people like to work.”

                                                                        Marvin Schwan, Founder

At The Schwan Food Company's subsidiaries, we believe that we can have a positive impact in the communities where we work and live through employee volunteerism and social responsibility.

Hunger Relief


Schwan is an official partner of Feeding America and is fully committed to the cause of hunger relief. Feeding America is a well-known, well-respected national nonprofit organization that is working to end hunger in our country. Through their network of food banks and food shelves, including Second Harvest Heartland, the organization has affiliates in every community in which our company has operations. This partnership provides greater focus for our charitable works and fosters consistency across our company, maximizing our efforts to end hunger. Our business units are also involved in local food drives, and our employees are encouraged to volunteer with organizations that support hunger relief.



At Schwan, we have taken an active role in shaping our future leaders. For more than 12 years, we have had an outstanding relationship with Enactus(formerly Students in Free Enterprise), a group that teaches the importance of free enterprise and business leadership to thousands throughout the world. Schwan's Corporate Giving Foundation places great value on youth education and leadership development. It established the Schwan Scholarship Program. The Schwan Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships each year for up to 100 children of certain full-time employees of subsidiaries of The Schwan Food Company.

The United Way


Employees have a long legacy of working with local United Way chapters. With matching grants from Schwan's Corporate Giving Foundation, a private charitable organization, employees raised more than $190,000 in 2013 for United Way chapters in Marshall, Minnesota; Salina,Kansas; and Houston, Texas. Employees have helped raise approximately $3.4 million                                                                      for United Way chapters since 1998.

Local Charity


At the company's corporate offices in Minnesota, a jeans day program is promoted that invites employees to donate $1 for the privilege of wearing casual attire on Fridays. Schwan's Corporate Giving Foundation matches these donations to double the impact. The program raised more than $48,000 in 2013. Since its inception in 1999, the jeans day program has raised more than $900,000 for local charities. Schwan's Corporate Giving Foundation provided the lead gift to an effort to build the Avera Cancer Institute Marshall. It is expected to open in late 2014 and will serve southwestern Minnesota.

Your Career Starts Here

We seek to hire the best and brightest individuals to be part of The Schwan Food Company's family of businesses. One way we do this is by recruiting top talent from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Whether you're looking for an internship or full-time job, we offer real-world experience that will develop long-term leaders and provide a foundation for future success. We don't want you to blend in; we challenge you to stand out and make a difference.



Corporate Intern Program

Interns who join our company experience hands-on meaningful work that provides a foundation for a successful career. As an intern, you will take on the same responsibilities as our full-time employees from day one. You will work on projects that will help you gain real-world experience as well as an opportunity to understand business through interactive-learning activities. Our program offers formal evaluations and feedback, mentorship from team members, cross-functional networking and team building, as well as interaction with senior leadership. Interns who work with our teams become acquainted with all of Schwan's business units, where they will gain meaningful participation in a broad set of disciplines.

Internship opportunities include: Corporate Marketing, Finance & Accounting, Supply Chain, Research & Development, Human Resources, Information Technology, Engineering and more!

Supply Chain Development Programs

Schwan's Global Supply Chain is the manufacturing and logistics arm of The Schwan Food Company. The team is central to the company's overall success and provides strategic leadership across the company's many business units. The team plays a significant role in fuelling revenue growth and profitability through operational excellence, quality, process-improvement and innovation. Schwan's Global Supply Chain includes manufacturing and logistics, engineering, continuous improvement, strategic sourcing, and food safety and quality functions. Team members partner closely with virtually every function in the company to help deliver value and build advocates of our customers.

Our internship and opportunities in this area will help individuals gain management training, leadership and technical skills as they work on projects that directly impact the company's bottom-line results.

Sales Leadership Opportunities

Sales teams are a dynamic part of our company. Members of our sales teams strive to increase revenues and market share in all of our business channels, whether it's with our consumer brands sold in retail stores, the foods we sell in the food-service industry or through our home-delivery business. Members of our sales teams are on the front line, building positive customer relationships and driving business growth.

As a full-time sales professional, you are empowered to make business decisions that influence your career journey and the company's bottom line. You will be responsible for the growth and success of your customer relationships, critical business decisions and the operational execution of the business. With opportunities nationwide, you will enjoy the support of a collaborative team and let your entrepreneurial spirit thrive in our high-energy and results-oriented work environment.


Join Schwan's Home Service, Inc. and make a difference in people's lives with great food and service, be part of a growing enterprise, and have control over your success! We have new leadership in place, new momentum in the market, and delicious food that helps more families share home-style, quality meals together. Come be a part of our transformation!

As a Route Sales Representative, you'll be in control of running a $300,000+ route based food business. Our trucks are stocked with more than 350 delicious, home-style foods that require limited prep and help our customers make great family meals any night of the week. We take pride in the quality of our foods and the joy they bring to the millions of families we serve. If you have the passion and drive to be a part of a business focused on selling and customer service, then you have found the right career at Schwan's.

As a Route Sales professional you will go through a custom designed training program designed to set you up for success so that you can operate safely and consistently exceed our customers' expectations and your Sales goals. Upon completion of training you will be provided with an established customer base that you will manage and grow. You'll also have a powerful tool on your side: and our mobile app. More and more, our customers are ordering their food online, which is helping to grow our sales and serve customers the way they prefer to shop. Your success as a Route Sales Representative may lead to significant advancement opportunities. In fact, the majority of our leadership team, including our President and CEO, started as a Route Sales professional. We can't wait to see where your career will take you!

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  • Employees are paid a base pay, plus tiered commissions (guaranteed base pay during training).
  • Substantial incentives are provided throughout the year to boost your income.
  • Total annual earnings of $40,000-$50,000 are expected, with many employees earning much more.
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  • Up to 40% employee discount on our great food products.
  • Three medical plans to choose from, as well as vision, dental, and life insurance.
  • 401K with company match.
  • Profit sharing plan.
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  • 2+ years of sales or customer service experience.
  • Prior route sales or route service experience is preferred but not required.
  • A passion for providing outstanding service.
  • Desire to have personal accountability to drive your own income.
  • Ability to pass a drug test and physical as required by the Department of Transportation.
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We Value Military Members

We thank you for your service! As a strong supporter of our men and women in uniform, we will consider recent military experience in lieu of prior sales or customer service experience. Approximately one in five hires that we make have prior military experience.
Learn more about our commitment to Hiring Veterans.

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Additional Requirements

We've designed our trucks so that a regular driving license is all that is required. This is a Department of Transportation governed position, so candidates do need to have a good driving record and be 21 years of age.

Schwan's Reviews

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    Selling product to established customers and building new customers to increase pay

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    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative, Schwans in Millville, NJ
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    Advancement within the company, have off on major holidays, at least two days off, great leadership, many of the leaders have worked their way up with the company, so they understand what it is like to run a route.


    Long hours, but again, it pays off in the long run.

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Schwan's Interviews

Updated Nov 14, 2014
Updated Nov 14, 2014

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    Route Sales Representative Interview

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    Easy, be yourself, don't lie or hide any information. One on one interview, then a phone interview with a higher up in the company, after that you are required to complete a drug test. After you pass everything Schwan's will train you for the job, typically takes 6 weeks complete but you are paid training pay.

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Schwan's Awards & Accolades

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Hunger Hero, Second Harvest Heartland, 2012
Minnesota Business Ethics Award, Minnesota Business Ethics Award, 2012
Clean Cities Awards (Propane Honorable Mention), Dallas Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition, 2012
Governor's Safety Award - Outstanding Achievement Award, Minnesota Safety Council, 2012
Governor's Safety Award - Meritorious Achievement Awards, Minnesota Safety Council, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters Marshall, MN
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1952
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

From home to stores, restaurants and more, our products are everywhere you eat. The Schwan Food Company is a multibillion-dollar private company with approximately 15,000 subsidiary employees in the United States. Based out of Minnesota, we sell fine, branded frozen food through home delivery, the foodservice industry and grocery stores in North America.

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